Psychiatric Treatment (Powys)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th February 1988.

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Photo of Mr Richard Livsey Mr Richard Livsey , Brecon and Radnor 12:00 am, 29th February 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on arrangements for the provision of psychiatric hospital treatment in Powys.

Photo of Mr Ian Grist Mr Ian Grist , Cardiff Central

The provision of psychiatric hospital treatment in Powys is a matter for the Powys health authority in the first instance.

Photo of Mr Richard Livsey Mr Richard Livsey , Brecon and Radnor

Does the Minister agree that because of the present enlightened conditions in psychiatric hospitals patients are far better treated there than in the community? Will he insists that Powys health authority keeps the same number of beds in the Mid Wales hospital at Talgarth as it has now?

Photo of Mr Ian Grist Mr Ian Grist , Cardiff Central

On the latter part of the hon. Gentleman's question, that must be a matter for the local health authority. On the first part, he must await the Welsh Office mental illness strategy, which will be published soon.